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  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
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Celebrate Being Canadian and Administer the Oath of Citizenship

Official administering of the Oath of Citizenship and conferring of citizenship certificates during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, December 9, 2014.
Official administering of the Oath of Citizenship and conferring of citizenship certificates during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, December 9, 2014.

November 17, 2015

Did you know that, as a member of the Order of Canada, you can volunteer as a presiding official at a citizenship ceremony?

Every year, thousands of individuals become new Canadians. Why not participate in a life-changing moment, and have the honour and privilege of personally welcoming new members into the Canadian family?

As a volunteer presiding official, you would take on the ceremonial responsibility of a citizenship judge during a citizenship ceremony, administer the Oath of Citizenship and present certificates.

Ceremonies take place across the country year-round, and are coordinated by local citizenship offices.

Should you be interested in helping more people realize their dream of becoming a Canadian citizen, we encourage you to contact ordersadmin@gg.ca

More information on volunteer presiding officials is available through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Our society sets itself apart by its commitment to democracy, human rights and equality of opportunity. Regardless of our origin or ethnicity, we are all able to contribute in our own way to building the country of which we dream. I believe this is one of our greatest strengths and a determining factor in making our citizenship one of the most highly valued in the world.”

- Excerpt from the Governor General’s message on the occasion of Citizenship Week, October 12, 2015